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FERC releases draft EIS for Calcasieu Pass LNG Project

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Calcasieu Pass LNG Project.

The proposed project would include a new LNG export terminal and 23.4 miles of 42 in. dia. pipeline in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, US. The terminal would include the following: liquefaction facilities; two full-containment LNG aboveground storage tanks, each with a usable capacity of approximately 200 000 m3; a 720 megawatt electric generating plant; a marine terminal consisting of a turning basin and LNG carrier berths; LNG piping; transfer lines; loading facilities; and other infrastructure.

The pipeline would include the following facilities: a meter station; three mainline valves; a pipeline inspection/cleaning device launcher at the meter station; and a pipeline inspection/cleaning device receiver on the terminal site.

The EIS has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500–1508), and FERC regulations implementing NEPA (18 CFR 380).

The conclusions and recommendations presented in the EIS are those of the FERC environmental staff. Input from the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, US Department of Transportation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and US Department of Energy as cooperating agencies was considered during the development of our conclusions and recommendations. However, these agencies could develop their own conclusions and recommendations and would adopt the final EIS per 40 CFR 1506.3 (where applicable) if, after an independent review of the document, they conclude that their permitting requirements have been satisfied.

The FERC staff concludes that construction and operation of the project would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels. This determination is based on a review of the information provided by Venture Global LNG, Inc (Venture Global) and TransCameron Pipeline, LLC (TransCameron Pipeline) and further developed from data requests; field investigations; scoping; literature research; alternatives analyses; and contacts with the federal, state, and local agencies, Native American tribes, and other stakeholders.

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